Saturday, January 30, 2010

Omaha bicyclist dies of injuries

World-Herald Staff Writer

A 57-year-old man riding a bicycle died today after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in south Omaha.

Police identified the dead man as Jose Sandoval of Omaha.

Witnesses said Sandoval left the Super Laundry laundromat near 37th and Q Streets about 9:45 a.m. on his bike.

He was crossing Q Street just east of 37th Street when he was struck by a westbound Dodge Dakota pickup truck, police said.

The driver sped away from the scene, swerving and speeding through traffic before striking another automobile, witnesses said.

Police later arrested the driver at his Omaha home. He was identified as Tomas De La Cruz-Prado, 19.

He was booked on suspicion of felony motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Sandoval was taken to Creighton University Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Moises Jutierrez, who said he called 911 and tended to Sandoval after he was struck, said the man had a wound on the back of his head and was bleeding from his nose, mouth and ears.

“He was moving and conscious but wasn't talking,” Jutierrez said.

Police said Sandoval was not wearing a helmet.

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